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Original 16th Century Iron Corset

Metal corset (also known as iron corset ) is historical type of corset made mostly or entirely out of metal , usually iron .

Iron corset, from 16th century belongs to Museo Stibbert, Florence ...

Iron corset, from century belongs to Museo Stibbert, Florence OUCH . looks more like a torture device than clothing

An iron corset, 16th century. There seems to be quite a bit of debate about what these contraptions were actually used for. Are they waist reducers? Ceremonial armour? Medical back support? Whatever the purpose, they are very lovely and sculptural. As weird as it may sound, I think it would be quite exciting to wear a pair!

“Iron bodice, corset style, made from shaped pieces of metal, square and round cutouts creating a mesh effect. Hinged at sides. One side of corset detached.

panier à baleines Crinolines et Cie - Costumes et sorties historiques: Robes XVIIIème à la française

Here I am trying to showcase the Crinoline period corset. It was fitted but was not at as extreme about the small waist as some corsets were later on.

Corset Date: third quarter 18th century Culture: American Medium: silk, linen, reed, leather Dimensions: Length at CB: 16 7/8 in. (42.9 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1921 Accession Number: 2009.300.2961a, b Not on view

Corset Date: third quarter century Culture: American Medium: silk, linen, reed, leather Dimensions: Length at CB: 16 in. cm) Accession Number: b

Corset | Western European | 1770-1790 | linen, whalebone, silk tape | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Accession #: 43.534

Corset, Western European, Linen, whalebone, and silk tape. Brown cotton cover and lining. Ecru silk tape over seams and binding. Partial front and full back lacing.

stays,1740-1760 - silk, linen, bone, metal - Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, France

Whaleboned bodice, possibly form Italy, made of silk taffeta, with metal demi-hoop whalebone stays and linen lining. From the Union Française des Arts du Costume collection at Les Arts Décoratifs.

Corset, c. 1580-1600, French. Iron with scroll motif; one front and two back pieces; opening at center-back. Inv. AC9250 95-45. Gift of Wacoal Corp.

French iron corset, According to Marquise de La Tour du Pin (French aristocrat this popular style of corsets ”severely restricted its wearer’s movements, especially around the arms” and wearers often reported heart palpitations and shortness of breath.